Ready to make a difference?
- September 21, 2023
Introducing the 10,000 Interns Foundation; beginning in 2020 with a goal to champion under-represented talent, at scale.
In three years, they have created close to 5,000 internships, provided training opportunities to 25,000+ applicants and are not stopping there. With two programmes available, you can get involved in the 10,000 Black Interns programme , and/ or the 10,000 Able Interns Programme.
Within this blog we will be covering our experience taking part in the 10,000 Black Interns programme the last two years, and the reason you should be next to join.
What is the 10,000 Black Interns Programme?
The 10,000 Black Interns Programme puts in place a 6-week paid internship for Black students and recent graduates across a range of UK industries. The applicants will go through training provided by industry experts, instilling confidence and setting up the interns for success within the programme.
In 2021 we decided to make the pledge to bring on two interns for our summer 2022 period and haven’t looked back since.
Throughout the first six-week period we welcomed Adedoyin, followed by a second six-week period with Amala who hit the ground running within their set teams (Marketing + Advertising, and Executive Search + Recruitment), both quickly becoming fan favourites within our office.
Following the success of our first interns, we brought on Manna, Aasiya and Hana this July to complete their internship together. This year we expanded our offering to include a finance internship alongside recruitment and marketing, and what an energetic and productive summer it was.
From the past two years we have seen some great work by our interns for Profiles Creative’s different departments, and it’s safe to say we are all looking forward to meeting our next round of students next year!
Why should you join?
This is a chance for you and your business to foster diversity and help create opportunities for talented members of the Black community.
Not only that, but you will be joined by dedicated, creative and eager to learn interns that would be an asset to any organisation. You will be widening your network and approach for future talent acquisition, building inclusive practices and cultural change.
For example, 48% of firms involved in the programme have said that engaging with the process encouraged them to rethink their approach to junior talent.
This programme helps to ensure you are a part of a catalyst for change, a community that the future generation would want to work for – so why wouldn’t you?
As a participating organisation, what will you have to do?
Make a pledge! The deadline for participating organisations is the 20th of October 2023.
Initially you would need to fill in a pledge form that will help match suitable candidates for your business. The number of interns you would like to hire, what department and the location will be up to you.
As this is a paid internship, the requirements include paying a minimum of the local living wage for a length of at least (6) weeks.
If you are considering providing the great opportunity within your organisation, also consider the timings of the allocation and recruitment stages which you can find here.
We hope this has made you consider taking part in this fantastic initiative, if you are looking for more information, the foundation offers weekly information meetings that will be taking place until the end of September for both programmes.
Get in contact today: https://10000internsfoundation.com/hire-an-intern/.